The Pony Bar was an iconic and beloved den of debauchery in Melbourne’s Little Collins Street. Where else could I go at 2AM and get my face melted off by seeing a great band play an amazing set. Something unexpected happens at 2AM gigs, where people are much more reserved at a 10PM gig.
Everyone has lots of stories of how people met their loved ones, the mysterious stickiness to the carpet, the anonymous amorous coupling in the tiny bathrooms, the minimal or mostly non-existent separation between musicians and crowds, the milk crates used as instrument stands, the vocalists swinging from the rafters, the beer-soaked couches or the painful adjustment of our pupils to breaking daylight as we stumbled out of that dark place at unmentionable hours on a Sunday. I have seen lots of amazing gigs from not only local band but also international touring acts at the Pony. Most recently Japanese punk band, The Zoobombs....check out my HD Video here: vimeo.com/47757513
So long Pony! After 24 hours, 24 bands, slightly dazed, confused and I am feeling a little hoarse!
Pony’s band booker Andy Moore put it best when he remarked: “Shit always got loose at Pony and I don’t think we’ll really see that happening again in Melbourne.”
After 12 years of good old fashioned rock, roll, and 2am debauchery (with many, many fuzzy-headed day afters), Pony was put to pasture on 2nd December 2012. The final farewell show to “send the old fella off to stud in true Pony low-brow style!” was announced. An collection of 24 bands played over 24 hours from noon Saturday to noon on Sunday.
12.30 - 1.00pm 4Tress
1.15 - 1.45pm The Quivers
2.00 - 2.30pm Sordid Ordeal
2.45 - 3.15pm Bad Aches
3.30 - 4.00pm The Bonniwells
4.30 - 5.00pm Kids of Zoo
5.15 - 5.45pm Mother & Son
6.00 - 6.30pm Rattlin Bones Blackwood
6.45 - 7.30pm Slocombe's Pussy (featuring Jon Perrin)
8.45 - 9.30 UnAustralians
9.45 - 10.30 Akaname
10.45 - 11.30 YIS
11.45 - 12.30 The Thod
1.00 - 1.45am The Onyas
2.00 - 2.45am Glen & The Peanut Butter Men
3.30 - 4.00am Euphoriacs
4.15 - 4.45am Alkan Zeybek
5.00 - 5.45am Wolfpack
6.00 - 6.30am The White Goods
6.45 - 7.15am Bombing Angels
8.00 - 8.45am The Council
9.00 - 9.45am Teenage Mothers
10.00 - 10.45am Deaf Wish
11.00 - 12.00pm Fathoms
The venue previously teased that their last show, suitably dubbed The Last Ride At Pony, would be “an absolute monster of a show… so start working on your stamina and building up your riding callouses…trust us, you’re gonna need them.”
ANOTHER Melbourne live-music venue is being forced out by rising rents, with late-night bar and band room Pony to close on December 2 after more than 12 years. ''We are sad to see it go but it is essentially a business decision based on not being able to agree on a rental that would work for us to operate long term into the future,'' says Jon Perring, one of Pony's three owners, who also owns the Tote, Bar Open and Yah Yah's with business partners Andrew Portokallis and Sam Crupi.
New owner Camillo Ippoliti, who owns Revolver in Prahran, Cookie and the Toff in the city with his son Daniel, has negotiated a new lease. This week the Ippoliti family also take over Bridie O'Reilly's, which is next door to Pony on Little Collins Street. ''I'd like to acknowledge the good work that was done in those spaces,'' Camillo Ippoliti says, adding ''it is likely that after renovations live music will continue'' and the two bars would operate as separate but complementary businesses.
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